Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo are proud to announce the first annual Prism Awards! These awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.
Winners of the Prism Awards will be announced at the Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco, the weekend of July 8-9, 2017. All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panels of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians.
Submissions for the awards are open at bit.ly/PrismComicsAwards from May 1 – June 1, 2017. Eligible work must have been made/published within the past two years (between April 26 2015- present). No author may submit more than three entries. One award will be given in each of the following categories:
Best Short Form Comic
A self-published or traditionally published comic of 32 pages or less, which was first printed or posted online not more than two years ago. Entries to this category should be a complete story, not an excerpt from a longer work. Please submit the entire comic as a PDF.
A comic that is primarily/initially published online. Please submit no more than 32 pages or strips in PDF form that were first posted not more than two years ago. Can be a complete or ongoing story.
Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
A comic first published not more than two years ago by a self-owned, small or midsize press. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Mainstream Publisher category if we feel that is more appropriate. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.
Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
A comic first published not more than two years ago by a mainstream publisher. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Small to Midsize press category if we feel that is more appropriate. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.
Best Comic Anthology
A collection of shorter works created by at least three different authors, either self-published or traditionally published not more than two years ago. Submit the entire anthology in PDF form.
All entrants must fill out the Prism Awards submission form and provide a link to the PDF copy of their submission. No submissions, except Anthologies, may be more than 32 pages. Each work submitted must be in a single PDF file. All submissions should have the title of work and main author’s name clearly visible on at least one page of the work. This year we are only accepting comics in English, as we are unfortunately unable to judge non-English language comics at this time. There is no entry fee, and no cash prize associated with these awards. Winners will instead be celebrated during the weekend of the Queer Comics Expo and promoted online.
About Prism Comics, the Queer Press Grant and Prism Awards
Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers. Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provide an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Learn more at prismcomics.org.
The Prism Awards are being established this year (2017) to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics. Apply here…
About Queer Comics Expo
QCE is an annual event, presented by the Cartoon Art Museum, to celebrate queer culture and promote diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cartoon Art Museum a 501(c)3 non-profit. Find updates using QCExpo on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter!
About Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.